To review the June newsletter CLICK HERE
GardenSMART Newsletter Signup
Visit our Sponsors! encore azalea Dramm
Visit our Sponsors and win.
GardenSMART :: 5 Ways to Have Success When Planting

5 Ways to Have Success When Planting

By The Espoma Company
Photograph courtesy of The Espoma Company

The spring countdown is on! Most gardeners cannot wait to start digging in their garden beds. A little extra care from the very beginning will help gardeners achieve beautiful gardens, flowering containers and hanging baskets.

Flowers, vegetables and foliage plants add that extra special touch to any outdoor area. They need just a little extra care to keep looking their best.

Give plants what they need from the very beginning.

GardenSMART Article Image

Say Yes to Success: 5 Tricks for Planting New Flowers, Veggies and More  

  1. Start with the best. Check the light, space and soil requirements for each plant. Then select plants with shiny, blemish-free leaves that you can easily lift out of the container.
  2. Check the soil. Before planting, test the soil and add necessary amendments. If your soil is lacking your plants will be, too. Add Espoma Organic Vegetable & Flower Garden Soil or compost to the planting hole for a boost.
  3. Feed now… and later. When planting, mix in an organic starter plant food. Espoma's Bio-tone Starter Plus' secret is mycorrhizae, which promotes bigger blooms and helps plants to establish quicker. Continue to feed with an organic fertilizer for starter plants. Or try our new Start! liquid fertilizer to speed up the process.
  4. Stay strong seedlings. Before moving indoor seedlings outside, toughen them up. Otherwise, they may not make it. To help young plants adjust, begin hardening them off two weeks before transplanting.
  5. Don't forget to water. While still in their nursery containers, water your plants. Then water deeply after planting. Water reduces plants' stress levels and helps them happily adjust to their new home.  

Get ready: Your organic flowers, veggies and plants are about to be bigger and healthier than ever! You grow, gardener!  

The Espoma Company has been the pioneer in natural gardening solutions since 1929. Espoma provides an extensive selection of natural products that work in harmony with nature and are safe for people, pets and the planet. The company produces products to cover the nutritional needs of plants and to grow beautiful lawns and gardens. Visit for more information and tips about organic lawn care. 


All articles are copyrighted and remain the property of the author.

Article URL:

Back to Articles List                               

GardenSMART Featured Article

By Delilah Onofrey, Suntory Flowers
Photos courtesy of Suntory Flowers

As summer heats up, the garden party is just beginning for gorgeous, tropical mandevillas. To learn more click here for an interesting article.

  Click here to sign up for our monthly NEWSLETTER packed with great articles and helpful tips for your home, garden and pets!  
Copyright © 1998-2012 GSPC. All Rights Reserved.